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NYIAC’s Professional Leadership

NYIAC is led by Executive Director Rekha Rangachari and an experienced staff, who provide expert personal attention to assist arbitrators and parties with every aspect of hearing logistics, and provide leadership and resources for New York’s international arbitration community.

Executive Director Rekha Rangachari

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (“NYIAC”). Founded in 2013, NYIAC is a non-profit organization that promotes and enhances the conduct of international arbitration in New York, offers educational programming, and operates world-class hearing facilities for rent in Midtown Manhattan.

Prior to joining NYIAC in October 2017, Ms. Rangachari was Director of ADR Services for the New York Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR). Therein, she led the New York Corporate InnovAAAtion Team, and served on the Diversity Committee – spearheading initiatives for greater cross-cultural representation and collaboration – and on the AAA/ICDR Foundation Committee.  She is a 2017 Recipient of the AAA/ICDR President’s Award for Service. Ms. Rangachari also served as Case Counsel for the ICDR, focusing her efforts on the European and Sub-Saharan Africa Regions.

Operations Manager Emily Mathews

Emily Mathews joined NYIAC in 2016 as the Operations Manager, bringing with her a strong background in hospitality and international relations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Geneseo, complimenting her studies with courses in French and Russian language and literature, and internships with global legal providers. Ms. Mathews wears many hats at NYIAC, overseeing the Center’s operations and working closely with clients, Counsel, and the Tribunal to coordinate hearings, programs, and events.